Dalkeith Health Centre Celebrates Official Opening

The official opening of the new Dalkeith Health Centre took place today, Wednesday 6 June 2012. Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy, Nicola Sturgeon, was on hand to unveil a plaque to formally open the facility.

The new £3 million, two-storey facility was completed on time and opened to patients in September and provides ten consulting rooms, nine community consulting rooms and three nursing consulting rooms, as well as a range of other treatment rooms. 

As well as Dalkeith Medical Practice staff, including GPs and nurses, the new health centre provides a range of services including podiatry, physiotherapy, midwifery, speech therapists and community psychiatric nurses.  Accommodation for visiting specialists and voluntary groups is also available.

David Small, General Manager, East Lothian and Midlothian Community  Health Partnerships, said: “This modern development provides a twenty-first century facility for the local community on their doorstep as well as first class accommodation for the Dalkeith Medical Practice and NHS Lothian healthcare services.

“This development demonstrates our commitment to providing the best possible healthcare facilities and services for our patients and follows other recent, significant developments including Midlothian Community Hospital and Musselburgh Primary Care Centre.”

Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: “Investment in health is a top priority for the Scottish Government and the continued delivery of our plans to improve capital infrastructure demonstrates the depth of our commitment to the NHS in Scotland.

“I am delighted to be here for the official opening of Dalkeith Health Centre, which is just one example of many major health projects which are benefitting patients across Scotland.

“More sustainable, high quality and continually improving health services as close to home as possible is what the people of Scotland want, and Dalkeith Health Centre is a great example of how we are delivering this.”

Dr Derek Robertson, Dalkeith Medical Practice, said:  “We have enjoyed working in the new Health Centre since September 2011 and this has enabled us to provide quality services to our patients in modern and up to date facilities. The building allows us to continue to work together with our colleagues in NHS Lothian and the other organisations who use the facilities”.

Councillor Lisa Beattie, Leader, Midlothian Council, said: “This 21st century facility is a great base for providing community healthcare in Dalkeith.  It is wonderful to see this centre formally opened and helping the people of Midlothian.  We’re proud to have taken this role in assisting  in the practical details behind Dalkeith Health Centre.

“I’m confident that everyone will continue to appreciate this well-valued   facility and value the staff who deliver such importance services.”

Sue Edmond, Vice Chair for the Public Partnership Forum for Health, said:  “The Forum welcomed the opportunity to be involved in planning the new centre from an early stage, through to completion.  Forum members were involved with issues related to access, ease of movement around the building, signage and the reception area design.

“The new Health Centre will benefit the local community and we look forward to further development of services provided."

Danny Grant, Senior Contacts Manager, Interserve, said: “Interserve are  delighted to have been the principal contractors for the construction of the new Dalkeith Health Centre. There was a special relationship that existed throughout this project between all those involved and we are proud to see the end product being enjoyed by the local community.”

The health centre also includes a physiotherapy gym and garden. The  older people’s welfare hall has also been rebuilt with its own entrance as part of the new health centre development.